Doucette and Buffington Defend NHMS Track Champion Titles for 2019
The 2019 champions from three local racing series were honored at the annual awards banquet held for the first time at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Saturday, November 16. Two New England racers - Rick Doucette of the Loudon Road Race Series and Shaun Buffington of the MOAT Mountain Road Course Series and the legend car division of J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series - each took home 2019 Track Champion titles from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in their respective series.
Doucette is no stranger to winning, making this his ninth Loudon Road Race Series (LRRS) Track Championship. This win marks his third year in a row, and prior to that, he won the title consecutively from 2010-2015. This year, the Sandown, N.H. native will be going home with a total of 11 trophies. Not only is Doucette the champion of the Combined 300 Superbike, Formula 50 Lights, GTL and Lightweight Grand Prix expert divisions, he is the first runner up in the Middleweight Superbike, Combined 300 Supersport and Formula 40 Lights expert divisions and the second runner up in the Combined 500 Superbike, Heavyweight Superbike and Middleweight Grand Prix expert divisions.
"It was a good season," said Doucette. "I'm happy to defend again, but we're going to try one more time - I want an even 10. It's been a fun year, as always, and I like celebrating with everybody that I race with."
Vicente Frontinan received the Loudon Road Race Series Amateur Achievement Award after being named the champion of the Middleweight Supersport, Middleweight Formula 40, Formula 40 Unlimited, GTU and Middleweight Grand Prix amateur divisions.
Buffington, who is the Track Champion in both the MOAT Mountain Road Course Series and the legend car division of J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series for the seventh time, had a phenomenal 2019 season at NHMS, landing on the podium after every single race, that included 19 first place finishes, two second place finishes and three third place finishes. Buffington also took home the 2019 Master Road Course and Oval World Championship at the Road Course World Finals, which were held at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Ga. on November 3.
"Being the only one to have won it here is pretty special," said Buffington, a Plainfield, Conn. native. "Championships aren't won on the track necessarily. A lot of hard work goes into it, both in the off season and during the season. We just got back from Atlanta, where we all had a lot of success, so it definitely makes tonight more fun, and everybody can celebrate. This was the best year I've ever had racing as far as setting the goals and actually meeting all of those goals, and we've already started getting ready for next year."
Brianna McHugh from the Loudon Road Race Series, Matt Haufe from the MOAT Mountain Road Course Series and Tom Searles from the legend car division of J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series were all recognized as rookies of the year in their respective series.
The Loudon Road Race Series, Road Course Series and Oval Series* will all return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the spring of 2020 for another season of close side-by-side racing.
- Loudon Road Race Series
- May 2-3 and 16-17
- June 19-21
- July 4-5 (off-site at New Jersey Motorsports Park)
- August 1-2 and 29-30
- September 19-20
- October 3-4
- Road Course Series
- May 2-3, 9 and 16-17
- June 20-21 and 27
- July 25
- August 1-2 and 29-30
- September 11
*The Oval Series schedule is TBD and will be posted on NHMS.com at a later date.
For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
Complete List of 2019 Champions
Loudon Road Race Series:
- Track Champion: Rick Doucette
- Combined 300 Superbike: Rick Doucette
- Combined 300 Supersport: Shawn Barron
- Combined 500 Superbike: Benjamin Gloddy
- Combined 500 Supersport: Benjamin Gloddy
- Formula 50 Lights: Rick Doucette
- Formula 40 Lights: Charles "Jesse" Sandoz
- Formula 40 Unlimited: Eric Wood
- GTL: Rick Doucette
- GTO: Tyler Wasserbauer
- GTU: Scott Greenwood
- Heavyweight Superbike: Scott Greenwood
- Heavyweight Supersport: Scott Greenwood
- Lightweight Grand Prix: Rick Doucette
- Lightweight Sportsman: Brett Guyer
- Lightweight Superbike: Charles "Jesse" Sandoz
- Lightweight Supersport: Steven Heider
- Middleweight Formula 40: Scott Greenwood
- Middleweight Grand Prix: Scott Greenwood
- Middleweight Superbike: Scott Greenwood
- Middleweight Supersport: Scott Greenwood
- Motard: Elijah Block
- Moto 3: Shawn Spear
- Super Singles: Kevin Allen
- Super Twins: Charles "Jesse" Sandoz
- Thunderbike: Charles "Jesse" Sandoz
- Ultralight Grand Prix: Brett Guyer
- Ultralight Superbike: Peter Gaboriault
- Unlimited Grand Prix: Eric Wood
- Unlimited Superbike: Eric Wood
- Unlimited Supersport: Eric Wood
- Amateur Achievement: Vicente Frontinan
- Formula 50 Lights: Michael Dimond
- Formula 40 Lights: Stephen Biehl
- Formula 40 Unlimited: Vicente Frontinan
- GTL: Charles Blumberg
- GTO: Thomas Hynes IV
- GTU: Vicente Frontinan
- Heavyweight Superbike: Anthony DiCecca
- Heavyweight Supersport: Paul Hosue
- Lightweight Grand Prix: Charles Blumberg
- Lightweight Sportsman: Brooks Saunders
- Lightweight Superbike: Charles Blumberg
- Lightweight Supersport: Charles Blumberg
- Middleweight Formula 40: Vicente Frontinan
- Middleweight Grand Prix: Vicente Frontinan
- Middleweight Superbike: Brian Fernald
- Middleweight Supersport: Vicente Frontinan
- Motard: Brooks Saunders
- Moto 3: Jeff Vader
- Super Singles: Daniel Zimmer
- Thunderbike: Kevin Fogg
- Ultralight Grand Prix: Michael Zoner
- Ultralight Superbike: Michael Dimond
- Unlimited Grand Prix: Brian Fernald
- Unlimited Superbike: David Caldwell
- Unlimited Supersport: Brian Fernald
MOAT Mountain Road Course Series:
- Track Champion: Shaun Buffington
J&J's Yolk & Co. Oval Series (Legend Division):
- Track Champion: Shaun Buffington
About Loudon Road Race Series
The Loudon Road Race Series features seven weekends of Championship Cup Series motorcycle racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The season spans April/May-October, and events run on the 1.6-mile road course. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels. A strong commitment to rider training and development has contributed to the quality of the LRRS programs.
About U.S. Legend Cars International
Legend car racing is one of the fastest-growing and most affordable types of American motorsports. Powered by a motorcycle engine, a legend car is a purpose-built race car designed to resemble the legendary American automobiles of the 1930s and '40s. Drivers range in age from 12-65+ years old. Bandolero racers may be as young as eight years old, and this style of racing bridges the gap between go karts and legends cars.
NHMS operates two series at the speedway as a part of U.S. Legend Cars International - the Road Course Series, which will run on the 1.6-mile road course and on the 0.95-mile modified road course, and the Legend and Bandolero Divisions of the Oval Series, which runs on the 0.25-mile oval.